Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Time For Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Unfortunately, it seems to be the lost holiday as well. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, it just doesn't carry enough gaudy costumes or yard decorations to draw much attention anymore. Society as a whole seems to think of it as simply a breather, a day of food and football if you may, before going onto something a little more exciting.

How sad that people have nothing for which they can stop and give thanks- for even one day. However, my post is not to begrudge those individuals, but to take the time that everyone should take and write about that for which I am most thankful.

As I sit here blogging, I look around me. I am in a relatively nice (in my opinion) house, in a nice neighborhood. We own two paid for vehicles ( well, one has a payment and a half left so it's close enough). There is food overflowing in the refrigerator and pantry. We have more than enough clothing. My sweet husband has a great job. I am privileged to stay home and be his helpmeet and my children's teacher. I have been blessed by God with four beautiful children. We are warm and safe.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. I could write pages about how thankful I am. When I truly take the time to stop and think about it, I am amazed. God has led and directed my path in ways that are incredible. The fact that The Mad Monk and I are together is amazing in and of itself. I give God all the glory for ALL of this. Afterall, man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, right? Do I do this all the time? No, not always. Should I? Absolutely.

Whether or not I have any of the things I mentioned above, I should still be thankful. Why? Because as God's elect we have a responsibility to be thankful.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

So, as I sit here on my comfortable couch, I reflect and think. I reflect on God's good blessings on my life. I look forward to what blessings lie ahead of me. I think of the trials as well. And while it seems difficult to be thankful for those trials I realize that they will strengthen me and further me in my walk. So yes, I will be thankful for those trials as well.

I hope everyone will take the time to reflect and be thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day. We need to remember - God is good ALL the time.

Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.


Susan said...

Hi Michelle,

I saw on Kim's blog that you went to Homestead Heritage last weekend! LOL! We were there Friday and Saturday, we only live 15 minutes or so from there! We go several times a month to eat in the deli and pick up flour and meat. My husband insists on their rosemary-gernium soap (at least until I FINALLY learn how to make it myself!) Their fair is great fun for the family. I've got pictures posted on my blog :)

Hope y'all had a good time! Next time you're going to head through Hillsboro, send me an email :)

Michelle said...

Hi Susan,

I actually thought about you while we were there and wondered if I would see you. I think it was on the PW list that I knew you went last year. I just love going to look at the workmanship and of course to eat all of their deeeeeelicious food!

We definitely need to have TX get-together with all us bloggers!